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ARTIST INTERVIEW: ALIA


1.        Hey ALIA, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. First and foremost what got you into music?

 

Thank you for having me, appreciate the time! I think music was always embedded in me, it was a way for me to communicate my thoughts and feelings. I found it in my everyday. So, I would say it was not what got me into music but rather I found my purpose in music. It acted as therapy to begin with, then evolved into a way to not just heal me but others.

 

2. What’s the best decade for music?

 

That is a very tricky question! I have too many favourite eras, depending on what I’m feeling. 90s gave me modern grunge, diversity and dirt; the 80s whether it be pop or rock feed to me loud vocals which I adore; the 70s for me are the ultimate instrumental/music haven - the birth of some of the best sounds, progressive; the 60s were a cultural movement of soul and rock/sweeping this social change; and the 50s… I mean thats the rhythm and blues, the true rock n roll, this was the true foundation of cultural revolution. So… for me there isn’t THE BEST but an overall essence of love for them all.

 

3. What's your favourite album from the dream pop scene?

 

I may have to say the 1993 album from Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See. You can completely lose yourself into the album, the variety is mesmerising. Everyone will know the “Fade Into You” song that became popular again recently (which is such an incredible track) but my favourite on that album is “Into Dust”, soft and delicate but yet so powerful. An overall very awe-inspiring piece of art for any musician like myself to listen and look up towards.

 

4. Would you name your favourite Christmas specials?

 

It would be a fight between “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1966 I believe” and “The Simpsons: ‘The Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire’ late 80s”.

 

5. How is your experience as an indie artist going?

 

For my first year (2023) properly gigging and performing on stages/venues across London, I would say blessed, humbled and grateful. To have the opportunities I’ve had so far at the beginning stages, to share spaces which incredible musicians/bands, I feel very lucky and fortunate. There are difficulties (as every job has) but when you’re in such an early stage (as an artist) you have to be kind on yourself and remember there is so much more to come, and to save/keep that strength, not dwell on the hard parts too much. I am finding the learning and growing probably the best part, I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much being a perfectionist on myself and craft, but it’s almost like jumping out of aeroplane… the learning being the build up and getting there and then when you’ve learnt or evolved you’re out the aeroplane on the biggest rush. It’s truly an indescribable experience and adventure to be on.


 

6. What is "I'm Getting Off" and why is it so relaxing?

 

So it was a song written by my soul-brother Steven Young (a.k.a Mr.Nobody) when he was 16 years old, he has released it himself last year (2022). He just came to me one day and showed me the song, mentioned he thought I would enjoy doing a rendition so to speak of it. He was very very right! As I know he’ll enjoy me saying that! But it is true, I felt the lyrics deeply - that’s what I see more in a song more then anything being the writer/poet that I am. I was meant to learn it myself on guitar, and the way I play isn’t always what I like to hear… so one day we just turned the mic on, hit record. Steven took the electric guitar started playing those angelic Buckley tones that I adore, and I just felt the lyrics. I knew then and there, that was the sound it needed to be. It’s a dark message when you really listen, so I almost wanted it to be one that would lift rather and have an opposing sound, simple broken down but strong to hit the core where it needs to hit. As I’ve mentioned I want to heal others with what I create or help, ensure people aren’t as alone as they may think they are, so perhaps maybe thats why it gives the essence of relaxation to calm the soul and not be in pain.

 

7. Have you crossed paths with Mariah Carrey or Wham this November?

 

They run around my ears in the streets of Soho, London - so very much so!

 

8. Do you consider yourself a music - nerd?

 

I know a fair amount I suppose on the music I am in-love with and get inspired by. But, I don’t really remember names or years and so forth (all those tiny details) that well to call myself a nerd, an appalling memory! But as soon as I see or hear, I am one of those, that’ll jump and say yes I know the one!

 

9. What’s your favourite Christmas movie of all time?

 

I can never choose one, too many! The Grinch ( with Jim Carrey) and ironically A Christmas Carol (with Jim Carrey) … perhaps see a theme… however The Nightmare Before Christmas, Love Actually and Elf, you can’t beat them. All beautiful for all different reasons!

 

10. Do you agree with the Pigeon?

 

The Pigeon is my go-to for all of life's deep philosophical questions. I often find myself pondering the great mysteries of the universe, thinking, "What would the Pigeon do?”, who needs human logic and reasoning when you can have the wisdom of a pigeon, right? Because clearly, the collective intelligence of a species that spends its days cooing and pooping on statues is far superior to ours. So, lets ponder the mysteries of life with the Pigeon!



Review

"Months and Months" is gently introduced by synthesizers that promise to become bombastic. John Conlin deals with an awkward heartbreak on a dance floor surrounded by colorful melodies and psychedelics. The dance moves match the euphoric production perfectly, but there's always room for emotion. After a heartfelt kaleidoscopic bridge, John Conlin still feels pathetic in his Saturday night fever. Laugh and get out of here so you don't cry!




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